Michael Lett gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Julian Dashper from 1984–1987.
The exhibition centres around two large-scale paintings produced by Dashper, later identified by the artist as key works in his output and included in a long-term loan to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga O Waikato (formerly Waikato Museum of Art and History). These works, joined by two more paintings and smaller works on paper from the period, are touchstones of Dashper's evolving painting practice through the middle years of the 1980s.
Dashper's painting engaged with and appropriated the resurgent international interest in painting that had dominated art markets and centres in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Impressive in their own right, these artworks are about this recent history of art as much as they are their own subjects. The works in this exhibition channel a persistent enquiry into the conditions and histories of art and art-making, the intractable politics of regionalism, the parochial New Zealand obsession with landscape, and the dynamics of doubling and reproduction—all themes that Dashper would return to throughout his career.
1984–1987 will be accompanied by a selection of catalogues and publications produced by and for Julian Dashper across his career and in the years following his death. This selection features rare publications that demonstrate the important role of written and published work in Dashper's practice, including his interventions in the pages of Artforum in 1992–1993.
Both 1984–1987 and this presentation of publications will have additional digital representation at michaellett.com
Julian Dashper is one of Australasia's most influential contemporary artists, known for the work he made in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s that ranged across painting, sculpture, photography, audio recordings, printed matter, and video. He was born in Auckland in 1960, and studied at the University of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts from 1978–1981.
Dashper's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at City Gallery Wellington, Wellington; Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland; Sioux City Art Centre, Sioux City, Iowa; Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas; Artspace, Sydney; Te Tuhi, Auckland; Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Camp- belltown; PS, Amsterdam; The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin; Galerie Stadt München, Amsterdam; Site, Düsseldorf; Galerie Y Burg/Vrieshuis Amerika, Amster- dam; Waikato Museum of Art and History, Te Whare o Waikato, Hamilton; CBD Gallery, Sydney; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui; CCAS, Canberra; Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North; Auck- land Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland; Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland; Dunedin Public Art Gal- lery, Dunedin; and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. In 2001 he was awarded a Senior Fullbright Scholarship to visit the University of Nebraska and Chinati Foundation in Marfa as an artist-in-residence.
Julian Dashper's work is held in public collections including Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin; Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui; Suter Gallery, Nelson; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Press release courtesy Michael Lett.